Ministry

An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education

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$25.99
Describes the distinctive Lutheran aspects of parochial schools and the teaching ministry with emphasis on history, philosophy and theology.
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9780570042860
Publication Date: 
2005-01-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Authentic Youth Mininstry

Authentic Youth Mininstry
$14.99
This book equips church workers and volunteers in smaller, often ignored churches with its relatable humility and unique understanding of real-life work in smaller churches. As an essential training manual for every leader, this how-to guide can be shared by church workers with those working with children and youth, giving them the confidence they need to enhance their work.
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9780758652652
Publication Date: 
2016-05-05
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Concordia Publishing House

Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action

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$16.99
Through Scripture study, real-life experiences, and the writings of Lutheran Church Fathers, Christ Have Mercy urges Christians to consider the innumerable opportunities we have to show mercyto fellow Christians and to anyone God places in our path. Includes Study Guide
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9780758615015
Publication Date: 
2008-06-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity (Revised)

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$18.99

Much has changed since the first edition of Lovett Weems's seminal work Church Leadership appeared in 1993. In that time a substantial literature about leading the congregation has appeared, written from a broad variety of perspectives. But in some ways, little has changed in that time. The need for leadership in the church--defined as discovering the faithful future into which God is calling the congregation, and walking with the congregation into that future--is just as pressing as it ever was. And for that reason, the need for clear, insightful thinking about leadership is just as great as it ever was.

In this revised edition, Weems draws on the best new ideas and research in organizational leadership, yet always with his trademark theological grounding foremost in mind. Anyone who guides the life of a congregation, be they clergy or laity, will find Church Leadership the indispensable tool with which to follow their calling to be a church leader.
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9781426703027
Publication Date: 
2010-02-01
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Abingdon Press

Complete Guide to Sermon Delivery

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$26.99
Chapter one establishes a seven-fold approach-the Disciplers' Model-to Christian teaching. This model was developed in response to a question that would not let the author go-'How should I teach so that my learners will grow in the Lord?'
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9780805412406
Publication Date: 
1996-07-01
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B&H Publishing Group

Connected In Christ

Connected In Christ
$5.99
Christianity is corporate, not personal. God designed humanity to live in community with one another, and the Church on earth is how God provides that community for His people. Church membership is about more than just "pray, pay, obey"-and this book shows the importance and blessings of being a part of Christ's Church.
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9780758657251
Publication Date: 
2017-07-18
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness

Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness
$16.99
A detailed description of God's actions to form Christians in Christ's image through Word and Sacraments.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780570046448
Publication Date: 
2002-11-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century

Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century
$20.99
This book examines what Lutheran theology adds to the whole field of youth ministry that isn't found elsewhere. It begins with an introduction to Eutychus, who is a paradigm of adolescent development.
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9780758625694
Publication Date: 
2010-07-02
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Concordia Publishing House

Feasting in a Famine of the Word

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$38.00
The Lord warns of a ""famine . . . of hearing the word of the Lord"" (Amos 8:11). Has this warning come to pass in our day? There is no shortage of preachers, but how often do they miss the mark in actually delivering the word of God to their hearers, leaving them hungry? The authors of these essays seek to equip preachers with resources to offer their hearers a rich feast from the word of the Lord. Writing from a Lutheran perspective, contributors from across the globe provide a fresh approach to preaching. These authors represent seasoned pastors and professors as well as young scholars. All are actively preaching and teaching God's word on a regular basis. This book covers a wide range of topics relating to preaching--from the scriptural background and hermeneutical issues to historical examples of notable preachers, and also practical guides to crafting and delivering a sermon. These essays will assist preachers in proclaiming God's word in a manner that provides a feast for those living in a famine-stricken world. ""It's no secret that preaching has fallen on hard times in our day. But help is on the way. In this book preachers will be both challenged and equipped for a task humanly impossible: to faithfully proclaim glad tidings in a world of hurt and despair. Woven like a golden thread throughout is the distinctly Lutheran conviction that the Word of God is living and active to both kill and make alive in Christ Jesus."" --Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel Mark W. Birkholz is Pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Jacob Corzine is Campus Minister at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. Jonathan Mumme is Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin.
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9781498203166
Publication Date: 
2016-02-16
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Pickwick Publications

Finding Your Way in Seminary

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$22.00

Those considering seminary, those in seminary, and those preparing to graduate from seminary need help. They need help discerning their call, moving into the bewildering world of theological study, and balancing the competing claims of school, work, and family. This book proposes to offer that help, and more, because the seminary experience is evolving more rapidly than at any time in its history.

This book is an ideal textbook for introductory seminary or spiritual formation courses that the majority of seminaries now require of first-year students. The three sections of this book provide information and guidance to those who are discerning a call to ministry and considering theological education; introduces new seminarians to thinking theologically, forming supportive relationships, integrating what they are learning in school with their spiritual lives, and practical guidance on such matters is serving a local congregation while one is in seminary; and offers advice on negotiating the ordination process in different denominational traditions and making the transition from study to full-time ministry.

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9780664259501
Publication Date: 
2016-09-22
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Westminster John Knox Press

God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons

God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons
$20.00
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9781934328118
Publication Date: 
2014-09-14
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Handling the Word of Truth Revised Ed.

Handling the Word of Truth Revised Ed.
$14.99
This book draws on C. F. W. Walthers Law and Gospel theses to present and apply these foundational truths to contemporary Christian faith and living.
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9780758648952
Publication Date: 
2015-07-15
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Concordia Publishing House

Help! I'm a Pastor: A Guide to Parish Ministry

Help!  I'm a Pastor: A Guide to Parish Ministry
$25.00

Richard Armstrong and Kirk Morledge present this practical guide for pastoral ministry, offering counsel about a wide range of topics related to a pastor's professional ministry and personal life. Topics include beginning a new ministry, balancing one's personal life and ministry, wrestling with conflict, worrying about church finances, and preaching. This introduction to ministry can function as a textbook as well as an invaluable handbook or desk reference for pastors in the midst of congregational ministry.

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9780664228958
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Homiletical Plot : The Sermon as Narrative Art Form

Homiletical Plot : The Sermon as Narrative Art Form
$22.00

Now in reissue with a new foreword by Fred B. Craddock and afterword by the author, Eugene L. Lowry, The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition follows in the same solid tradition of its predecessor. Upon its release, The Homiletical Plot quickly became a pivotal work on the art of preaching. Instead of comments on a biblical passage, Lowry suggested that the sermon follow a narrative form that moves from beginning to end, as with the plot of a story. This expanded edition continues to be an excellent teaching resource and learning tool for all preachers from introductory students to seasoned clergy.

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9780664222642
Publication Date: 
2000-12-01
Publisher: 
Westminster John Knox Press

How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise Your Role, Release Your People, and Capture Overlooked Opportunities for Your Church (Updated)

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$19.99
Some churches grow rapidly, only to hit a ceiling. Other churches have experienced declining or static attendance--many of them for decades. Frustrated pastors and church leaders want growth methods that work, but without adding to pastoral fatigue.
How to Break Growth Barriers argues that growth comes when effective leadership and lay-empowerment skills work hand in hand. This requires a shift of focus from the shepherd as the primary caregiver to shepherd as developer and coach of many caregivers. The authors show pastors how to communicate a vision for the future and then how to lead the congregation into the paradigms necessary for potentially limitless growth.
The strategies found in this book are not only tried and true, and taken from a biblical perspective of a -harvest- vision. They're also newly updated to reflect our changing culture, including helpful charts and checklists for self-evaluation.
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9780801092466
Publication Date: 
2017-04-04
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Baker Books

How to Keep Your Church Out of Court

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$7.99
Addresses the need for development and maintenance of physically and legally safe church premises. Includes personnel issues.
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9780758600646
Publication Date: 
2002-07-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach

Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach
$39.99
A holistic vision of Christian higher education from academics to athletics, regents to students. It offers a biblical, Lutheran vision rooted in the interaction of faith and learning and oriented toward the cultivation of wisdom and vocation for freedom and service to society, nature, and the Church. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter.
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9780758650405
Publication Date: 
2015-06-02
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Justification is for Preaching

Justification is for Preaching
$34.00
Description: Although preachers often question their effectiveness, no task of the church is more important than proclamation. Only the gospel liberates sinners from guilt, despair, and death and grants them freedom, hope, and new life. Few have grasped this truth better than Martin Luther. This volume features contributions by contemporary theologians whose work is shaped by Luther's conviction that God's justification of the ungodly comes through preaching: Gerhard Forde, Oswald Bayer, and their students and friends. Taken from the pages of Lutheran Quarterly, these essays in historical and theological perspective bring the doctrine of justification to bear on contemporary preaching. For Luther, the whole creation has its life out of God's "pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness of ours at all!" Luther's insight to center creation around God's justifying work accents the cosmic scope of the doctrine. Justification is at the core of God's creative and saving activity with respect to all that has been, is, and will be. God's justification of the ungodly is the heart of all Christian theology and mission, and inescapably shapes the character of both. Preaching Christ as the justifier of sinners, in contrast to the accusing directives of the law, does nothing other than establish God's deity over and for the world, and brings an end to sinners' own self-deifying quests, re-creating them as fully human, fully free. Theologians and preachers gain their compass, purpose, and courage from this truth. Endorsements: "Justification Is for Preaching is refreshingly radical . . . because it goes to the root of God's own design for preaching, the bestowal of a promise that creates faith in Christ Jesus. Preaching is not about transformation of character or political advocacy but God's own declaration of righteousness for the ungodly. In essays from both sides of the Atlantic, theologians in the tradition of Luther carry out his approach to the renewal of the church, that is, . . . the preaching of Christ crucified. Seminarians as well as seasoned preachers will be invigorated and challenged by . . . this fine book." --John T. Pless Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry & Missions / Director of Field Education Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana "Good preaching is dependent on good theology. Central to effective proclamation of the Christian faith is the proper understanding of God's fashioning of the relationship between himself and his human creatures. Thompson has assembled fourteen essays by eight leading Lutheran theologians from the US and Germany who give preachers a host of insights into how to deliver Scripture's central message of the restoration of sinners to a right relationship with God." --Robert Kolb Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri About the Contributor(s): Virgil Thompson currently teaches the New Testament at Gonzaga University. Previously he served as pastor to congregations of the Lutheran Church for over thirty years. For the past twenty-five years he has served as Managing Editor of Lutheran Quarterly.
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9781610974097
Publication Date: 
2012-02-09
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Pickwick Publications

Living Word

Living Word
$26.00
The teaching of Dr Gustaf Wingren,Professor at the University of Lund, is beginning to dominate the theological scene in Sweden. Through previously translated books it is also beginning to make its mark in the English-speaking world. This is the translation of Dr Wingrcn's most important book to date-a systematic and profoundly argued treatment of the major themes in Christian theology in relation to the contemporary preacher's proclamation of the living Word of God in the Church.
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9781579109424
Publication Date: 
2002-04-01
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Wipf & Stock Publishers

Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future

Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future
$42.99
Dr. Korcok examines how the Evangelical understanding of Baptism, vocation, and catechesis has shaped Lutheran education throughout its history. He describes the historical Lutheran model of education and how that model might be used today. This book will be of interest to classical educators and those studying C. F. W. Walther, who features prominently in the research (2011 is the 200th anniversary of Walther's birth).
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9780758628343
Publication Date: 
2011-01-01
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Concordia Publishing House

Lutheran Primer for Preaching: A Theological Approach to Sermon Writing

Lutheran Primer for Preaching: A Theological Approach to Sermon Writing
$12.99
An aide in assisting Pastors in understanding the theology behind the act of preaching, and provides students the forum to discuss some of the necessities that should be considered in sermon writing.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758651495
Publication Date: 
2015-04-30
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Martin Luther Preacher of the Cross

Martin Luther Preacher of the Cross
$26.99
Martin Luther was not only a theologian but a pastor engaged in the care of souls. This resource provides evidence for Luther's application of his evangelical theology to consciences burdened with sin, haunted by death, and afflicted by the devil.
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9780758611130
Publication Date: 
2013-10-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Meet Generation Z

Meet Generation Z
$16.99
Move over Boomers, Xers, and Millennials; there's a new generation--making up more than 25 percent of the US population--that represents a seismic cultural shift. Born approximately between 1993 and 2012, Generation Z is the first truly post-Christian generation, and they are poised to challenge every church to rethink its role in light of a rapidly changing culture.

From the award-winning author of The Rise of the Nones comes this enlightening introduction to the youngest generation. James Emery White explains who this generation is, how it came to be, and the impact it is likely to have on the nation and the faith. Then he reintroduces us to the ancient countercultural model of the early church, arguing that this is the model Christian leaders must adopt and adapt if we are to reach members of Generation Z with the gospel. He helps readers rethink evangelistic and apologetic methods, cultivate a culture of invitation, and communicate with this connected generation where they are.

Pastors, ministry leaders, youth workers, and parents will find this an essential and hopeful resource.

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9780801017018
Publication Date: 
2017-01-17
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Baker Books

Minister as Moral Theologian: Ethical Dimensions of Pastoral Leadership

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$21.99
The practice of ministry requires pastors and Christian leaders to serve as moral theologians in their communities. Ministers must preach about morally challenging texts, teach about moral issues and conflicts, offer moral counsel, and serve as an example regarding the shape of faithful Christian life. Grounding pastoral ethics in spiritual formation and spiritual disciplines, this book provides tools for facing the day-to-day demands and seizing the opportunities of being a moral teacher. An essential text for practical ministry courses.
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9780801097843
Publication Date: 
2017-05-16
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Baker Academic

Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal

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$25.99
Do human beings share a common morality? Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal presents engaging essays from contemporary Lutheran scholars, teachers, and pastors, each offering a fresh reappraisal of natural law within the context of historic Lutheran teaching and practice. Thought provoking questions following each essay will help readers apply key Bible texts associated with natural law to their daily lives.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758627339
Publication Date: 
2010-12-24
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House